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Barbados Tridents all-rounder James Franklin smashed a game-winning 33 to lead his side to a consolation win over the Northern Districts in their last match of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20).
However, Northern Districts opener Anton Devcich deserves some credit as he hit a valiant 47 in his side’s six-wicket loss.
Barbados captain Rayad Emrit would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first early on as Northern Districts opening batsman Kane Williamson was caught by Franklin at mid-on off the bowling of Ravi Rampaul for one run.
Devcich and Northern Districts skipper Daniel Flynn made up for the early loss of Williamson with a 60-run partnership before Flynn was caught behind off the bowling of Dilshan Munaweera for 21.
Following Flynn’s dismissal, the heavens parted and the players were ushered off the field.
Due to the short delay, the match was reduced to 19 overs per side.
Devcich went on to score 47 off 47 balls, which included seven boundaries, before he was run out by Emrit.
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Scott Styris failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Kyle Mayers at deep midwicket off the bowling of Munaweera for a duck.
Daryl Mitchell only made nine runs before he was caught by Franklin at long-on off the bowling of Rampaul.
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling managed to make 29 runs before he was caught by Emrit at cover to become Rampaul’s third victim of the match.
Tim Southee hammered a quickfire 19 before he was caught by Mayers at deep midwicket off the bowling of Emrit.
Emrit struck again just three balls later when Scott Kuggeleijn was caught by Jason Holder at long-on for four runs.
Thanks to Devcich, the Northern Districts finished on 135/8 off their 19 overs.
Rampaul was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Munaweera and Emrit chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Due to the Duckworth-Lewis method coming into effect, Barbados’ target was revised to 138 from 19 overs.
Chasing 138 to win, Barbados got off to a poor start as Munaweera was brilliantly caught by Mitchell at extra cover off the bowling of Mitchell Santner for 20.
Raymon Reifer mustered 15 runs before he was caught by Mitchell at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ish Sodhi.
Sodhi struck again just two balls later when Holder was caught by Southee at long-on for 11 runs.
Franklin and Jonathan Carter stabilised the innings with a crucial 56-run partnership before Carter was the victim of another spectacular catch.
Devcich initially took the catch at the deep midwicket boundary, but threw it to Mitchell since he was falling over the rope.
Carter’s vital knock of 30 came off 28 balls and included two boundaries and one six.
Franklin and Elton Chigumbura finished things off with an unbeaten 33-run partnership.
Franklin ended up making 33 off 25 balls, which included one boundary and two sixes, while Chigumbura remained undefeated on 18 off 15 deliveries, which included two boundaries.
Sodhi was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Santner claimed one.
Flynn was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “We were probably 15-20 light, we bowled reasonably well. It’s very disappointing because we had high hopes after a strong start in the tournament.”
Emrit was delighted to have ended the tournament on a high note, and said: “Overwhelmed to win a game finally, we came close to winning a game several times. Today was a totally different team from our previous matches. We had a chat before the match today. We knew if Franklin and Elton stayed till the end we would chase it. Out fielding let us down in every single game.”
Franklin was named Man of the Match, and said: “Pretty tough couple of weeks for the team, not getting the right results so nice to get across the line tonight. I obviously played a lot with the Northern Districts guys so there is a familiarity.”